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7 Books to Read If You Love Aliens

July 22, 2019
Alissa Nigro

If you’ve been following the extraterrestrial news beat (and who isn’t?!) you may have heard about the Facebook event created to “Storm Area 51,” which is exactly what it sounds like: over two million people are “interested” in or “attending” a massive civilian storming of Area 51.

So what is Area 51? Great question. Heard of Roswell, New Mexico? Heard of the old TV show Roswell? Heard of the NEW TV show Roswell? Ok, it’s not IN Roswell…it’s not even in New Mexico (it’s in Nevada, Google Maps tells me), but it is a place that has been a-buzzin’ with alien research rumors. According to conspiracy theorists (which aren’t always reliable, FYI), the government has been using this site to perform tests on our extremely foreign friends since the 50s.

I am very confident in your ability to do more research. I’d MUCH rather give you a list of books to read now that your curiosity about aliens has been sparked by crazy people on the internet!

7 Books to Read If You Love Aliens

1. Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

First up, we have your classic alien monsters vs x-men adventure.

In Sanctuary, prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—and then has to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures. (**cough**aliens**cough**)

2. Containment by Caryn Lix

I don’t want to give anything away, but there IS a sequel to Sanctuary, and it DOES involve more aliens!

A worthy friend. from r/marvelmemes

3. Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Technically there are no aliens in this Les Mis-in-space retelling. But it DOES involve space AND government conspiracies!

A thief.

An officer.

A guardian.

Three strangers, one shared destiny…

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

4. The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Once the aliens are freed, we’re probably going to need robots to protect us…

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when a senator’s daughter is summoned to the galactic court as a hostage, but she’s really the galaxy’s most dangerous weapon in disguise.

5. Exile From Eden by Andrew Smith

But when they ultimately do takeover the world, what happens to those that survive?

From New York Times bestselling author Andrew Smith comes the stunning, long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking Grasshopper Jungle.

It’s been sixteen years since an army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises forced Arek’s family underground and into the hole where he was born; it’s the only home he’s ever known. But now, post-end-of-the-world, the army of horny, hungry praying mantises might finally be dying out, and Arek’s ready to leave the hole for good.

6. Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson

Okay, say none of that happens and, instead, the aliens we 100% believed were trapped in Nevada are just the stuff of myth. (PSHT) That doesn’t mean other aliens can’t abduct us!

In Earth to Charlie, convinced his mother has been abducted by aliens, Charlie Dickens spends his nights with an eye out for UFOs, hoping to join her. But when Charlie meets popular, easy-going Seth, he finds out what real friendship is all about. And for once, he finds himself looking around at the life he’s built, rather than looking up. But sooner than he expected, Charlie has to make a decision: should he stay or should he go?

7. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

And lastly, if you can join the Storm Area 51 movement…will you?

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.

But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons. Ultimately, should push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever?

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